If you recently lost a loved one due to a devastating pedestrian accident, you could face an array of challenges. First, these deaths often create devastating emotional trauma that haunts the friends and family members of those who died for the rest of their lives. If your spouse or child died because of a reckless driver, no amount of compensation can make up for your loss. You could also struggle with medical bills, funeral costs and other expenses.
Sadly, many pedestrians lose their lives every year, and it is pivotal for drivers and the loved ones of those who lost their lives to recognize how widespread these fatal accidents are.
Statistics on the prevalence of fatal pedestrian accidents
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that among those who died in traffic accidents during 2020, pedestrians accounted for one-sixth of all deaths. In fact, over 7,000 pedestrians died in traffic accidents over the course of 2020, which equates to roughly one fatality per 75 minutes.
Risk factors associated with fatal pedestrian accidents
The CDC reports that 46% of all deadly pedestrian accidents involved alcohol during 2019. Moreover, data shows that fatal pedestrian accidents are more likely to take place on urban roads, during the night and outside of intersections. Vehicles often travel faster outside of intersections, and speed not only makes fatal pedestrian accidents more likely but also increases the severity of a victim’s injuries.
In the wake of a deadly pedestrian accident, you need to gather as much evidence as possible and do everything in your power to seek justice for your loss.